Have you ever wondered if what you are doing to get hired is working a little, a lot or not at all? How do you measure your job search successes and failures? How does a hiring manager make the decision to hire you and what does he or she think of your job interview and who you are as a candidate? If you’re being hired, you’re making all the right moves; you are doing very well to get the job. If you are not being asked to join a company, then your way of applying for a job is not working for you. Just because you don’t get directions to the human resources office to take your work ID doesn’t mean you’re not a great candidate for the job. It means you haven’t mastered job interviewing and probably haven’t come up with the best career search plan.

When a job applicant is not hired, you have no way of knowing what advantage the hired job applicant has over other job applicants. The only way to measure your job search is to make sure that actions are applied to all elements of a successful job search. Hiring managers start their selection with a weeding process, and it starts with resumes, phone interviews, and whatever other tools come their way, before calling you in for an interview. So, physical appearance is not the presiding factor, although it may be a final and determining factor.

However, it is the first suite of personal branding tools to send out what instructs a hiring manager not to throw their documents on the curb or in the trash during the recruiting and selection process. The decision maker believes that he is hiring the candidate who is great at doing all the right things to get noticed. If he sticks to the normal or even the ancient steps to get hired, he has already sacrificed the chance to get his feet in the door.

At this point, either you’ve made it or you haven’t. It doesn’t mean you’re a bad person, there are just ways to do things that require you to get out of the box and for the new job search scene you have to.

Here are some ideas listed below to get you thinking about what you might be doing wrong when hired.

1. Review your resume and other job search marketing tools; find errors and presentation.

2. Create a career search plan that includes all the job search marketing tools.

3. Take action on your job search plan.

4. Know who you are and what the company is looking for: Don’t apply to a company and not be a match or a good fit. Don’t waste your time or the company’s time by applying for a position for which you are not qualified.

5. Follow up with your resume submission and interview process.

6. Document your search, submission dates, times, and results. Pay attention to time frames and keep track of where and what can go wrong. Correct errors.

7. Keep trying and don’t give up! Hiring managers have no idea who you are until they look at your resume in the six seconds it takes to review it.

Hearing this phrase over and over again is often ignored, but it’s a true weed out of resumes and job candidates that the hiring manager isn’t interested in moving forward with. My message to job seekers is, take the time to introduce YOU the right way and learn the job search criteria and what the hiring manager is looking for in the six seconds of elimination.

You must not only make a new resolution for your New Years, but also make a switch to a new type of job search.

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